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Second Amendment & the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life and liberty.

In U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), Miller v. Texas (1894) and U.S. v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court recognized that the amendment protects an individual right. It has never taken a different view. However, in Salina v. Blaksley (1905), the Kansas Supreme Court invented the idea that the amendment instead protected a “right” of a person to keep and bear arms only while serving in a state militia, and in U.S. v. Tot (1942), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit advanced the idea that the amendment protects the “right” of a state to have a militia.

In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court heard its first case specifically centered on whether the amendment protects an individual right to arms. Gun control supporters advanced essentially the "Salina" argument, but the Court, consistent with its previous rulings in Second Amendment-related cases, ruled that the amendment protects an individual right to keep arms and to bear arms "in case of confrontation," without regard to a person’s relationship to a militia.

In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the court extended the Second Amendment's protection nationwide.

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Fox News  

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Second Amendment had nothing to do with slavery

For 20 years now, a well-meaning law professor has been peddling the fiction that the Second Amendment – ...

NJ.com  

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Jersey: Want to buy a gun? Town officials just made that nearly impossible here

The all-Democratic governing body in Piscataway has unanimously approved an ordinance targeting weapons retailers -- a move apparently ...

Salt Lake Tribune  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Without guns, there is no America

I’m pro-gun. Maybe that’s shocking to you. I believe my interpretation of the Second Amendment is shared with ...

National Review  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Enforce the Second Amendment

States controlled by the Democratic party have chosen to ignore an individual right protected by an amendment to ...

Washington Times  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

God-given, not government granted, guides 2nd Amendment

Citizens of America have Second Amendment rights because they live and breathe — not because government officials have ...

Herald-Dispatch  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Preserving the Second Amendment

Those who wrote the Constitution knew the importance of protecting core values, defending their life, liberty and pursuit ...

Reason  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2 New Court Decisions Are Quietly Eliminating Californians’ Second Amendment Rights

In the first case, decided yesterday, a district judge ruled against the National Rifle Association's state affiliate in ...

Des Moines Register  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How a lifelong anti-gun liberal became an NRA life member

For a large portion of them, their ultimate goal is a full gun ban and to repeal the ...

National Review  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Justice Stevens’s Second Amendment Pipe Dream

Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, now retired, gave gun-control advocates false hope recently when he advocated ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Massachusetts court strikes down ban on stun guns

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Tuesday that the state’s ban on civilian possession of stun guns violates the U.S. ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.